Cash withdrawal restrictions will be eased once the supply of new, hard-to-fake Rs 500 and Rs 2,000 currency notes improves and a stockpile of lower denomination notes is created, the government said on 9 November.
A day after it withdrew high-denomination bank notes of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 in the country's biggest crackdown against black money and corruption, the government said a lot of money lying unused will come into the formal economy that can be used for economic development of the country.
"There would be some short-term effect on the level of activity in the economy but once the supply of new currency notes is sufficient, then markets should stabilise and even the level of activity should go up," Revenue Secretary Hasmukh Adhia said.
The currency notes withdrawn have to be deposited in banks by 30 December and smaller denomination notes can be withdrawn with certain restrictions - Rs 10,000 from a bank account in a day and Rs 20,000 in a week and Rs 2,000 a day from ATMs.
"Initially, there will be restrictions on withdrawal, but as the supplies of new Rs 2,000 and 500 notes improve there would be relaxation given as early as possible. So over a period, people should get some relief," Adhia said.
He said when the last high-denomination currency demonetisation happened in 1978, banknotes of Rs 10,000, Rs 5,000 and Rs 1,000 that were in circulation then made up for less than 2% of the overall currency in circulation.
But now, the value of 500 and 1,000 rupee notes is about 85%. "It is a very big decision. This would have a major impact on the black money," he said.